Thursday, May 30
6 p.m., Union Ave Books. Free.
Maryville College professor and Metro Pulse contributor Kim Trevathan will read from his new University of Tennessee Press book about rivers, Liminal Zones: Where Lakes End and Rivers Begin. Yeah, we just plugged him for the second time—but this reading is a lot closer for Knoxvillians. And he's a really nice guy.
Friday, May 31
Statehood Day Party
6 p.m.-8 p.m., Blount Mansion Gardens. $100.
What better place to celebrate Tennessee's statehood than in "the birthplace of Tennessee"? (The state Constitution was drafted in the Gov. William Blount's office on the historic Blount Mansion property.) Marking the occasion with music will be the Tennessee Sheiks, plus food by Holly's Eventful Catering. Proceeds go to the Blount Mansion Association. Reservations can be made at 525-2375, firstname.lastname@example.org, or blountmansion.org.
Saturday, June 1
McClung Museum 50th Anniversary Party
1 p.m.-5 p.m., McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. Free.
The McClung Museum on the UT campus is secretly a great destination for Knoxville families, and this public birthday party has a kid-friendly focus. Children will get the chance to try out prehistoric tools, create an Egyptian Pharaoh's headdress, play pin-the-tooth on the dinosaur, identify birds, and complete an object scavenger hunt.
Sunday, June 2
"Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Roller Derby"
10 a.m., Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
We generally don't list worship services, but this one promises to be rather unique. Several members of the Hard Knox Roller Girls will be featured, along with a homily from the church's Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Kim Mason. Mason skates with the roller derby team under the name "Sunday School Slammer."
Go to blogs.metropulse.com/the_daily_pulse for daily suggestions!